Soul Hollywood Restaurant & Bar

3.8
31 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
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Soul Hollywood redefines traditional southern cuisine by embracing the flavors of the South, while combining them with contemporary elements. Executive Chef Giulian Jones takes an inventive approach to the menu using seasonal ingredients, unique spices and flavor profiles from international influences. With Southern spirits and cocktails, craft beers and a carefully curated wine selection, Soul embodies the warmth of true southern hospitality while offering a modern and inviting environment.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Southern, Soul food, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch Service:
Daily 11:00am - 4:00pm

Dinner Service:
Sunday - Thursday 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday - Saturday 4:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(323) 962-7685
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
​Giulian Jones
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Cross street
​Hollywood Blvd. & Sycamore Ave.
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Parking details
We have a parking option available down the sidewalk at The Roosevelt Hotel for $10 per car (max. 3 hours).
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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D
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome. My husband ordered the small plate of smoked meats and the portion was perfect, so I can't image the entree size, must be big enough for two. I ordered off their happy hour, which is daily! Good food and great service. I will definitely stop in the next time I am in the area.

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RW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dropped by here with some friends from Germany who had never experienced Southern cuisine. They loved it. We ordered a sampling of the menu and shared. The BBQ platter is EXCELLENT and plenty for 2-3 people with a few sides. Another fave was the chicken pot pie. This was my second dinner here and I've done lunch two times as well. I'll keep coming back. We specifically wanted a low-key non-scene place and this was it. If you like comfort food, this is a great destination.

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E
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Mid afternoon Sunday, order was taken promptly. 25 minutes later asked server where our food was, she had no idea. When it did arrive, it wasn't what I ordered. Partner ate alone and finished before my correct meal came. Check was discounted $5. Just a disappointment. Horrible experience. We will never go back.

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N
New England
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Laughable.

Zero ambiance - lighting was WAY too high (you'd think you walked into a Starbucks or chain coffee shop/communal office space inside an apartment complex -- cold feel, poor choice in furnishing, etc.), music was also "coffee shop-style" which was overly mellow and not conducive to wanting to stay there longer than needed. SUCH a shame because this is in the HEART of hollywood, and this area desperately needs a nice(r) bar/restaurant for locals who live around there. My date and I both said "I wonder what will be here next, cuz this place won't be around for long" 🤣

Side note: I've been going to the LA Fitness across the street for the past 4 years and NEVER noticed this place.

Got the BBQ sampler thing and all the meat was fatty AF, and chicken under cooked 👎🏼

It was clear that the owner/company has no experience with hospitality. Nothing was consistent (layout, decor, music, lighting, service, menu, etc). My date and I both asked one of the waiters who/what company owns the place and he gave a mixed answer of "I don't know" with "they don't own other restaurants."

Waitress was ok at the beginning but then non-existent for the second half, and I had to leave the table and go downstairs to find her for the check (which I couldn't because she was hiding somewhere near the kitchen).

Worst $175 I've ever spent. Stay awayyyyy.

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LA
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Friendly and fairly prompt service. Two main dishes - a very small chicken pot pie and a tiny piece of fish with a thin smear of mashed potatoes - and two soft drinks came to $60 with tax and tip. I've had better chicken pot pie at DuPar's for the same price, and theirs is twice the size.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food, good drinks, elegant atmosphere.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed the BBQ sampler appetizer, fried chicken, & Mac n cheese. They were delicious (the Mac n cheese especially). Unfortunately we ordered the beignets for dessert. They were raw in the middle. I literally was pulling raw batter out of my mouth. When the bill came and the beignets were still on it, and we had to ask for it to be removed since the dessert was inedible. They have work to do.

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C
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We were pretty disappointed with our total experience. Other than the Hostess being super nice and welcoming it was pretty much downhill from there. The service was very very slow and it was not even busy, maybe 4 tables counting ours and a couple of guys sitting at the bar. Drinks took forever and so did the food. My husbands Fried Chicken was average and my Brisket Pot Pie was a mushy blob of filling covered with a doughy half baked puff pastry. Everything needed just a touch of salt and more flavor. I sent back my COLD mashed potatoes and was still charged for them.

The waitress knocked over an ice bucket full of ice and water right by our table, which splashed up and wet my husbands feet. No apology or offer of a towel or anything to him. To top it off the runner who brought our food got into a verbal altercation with the girls at the table next to us. We heard the whole thing and he was completely out of line.

Nutshell....I would not go back or recommend this place

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L
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst dining experience I have ever had. Made a reservation for 8 people for 5.45pm and we were seated 30 mins late even though the table we were eventually seated at had been sitting empty for 10 of that. Ordered drinks while we waited which didn't arrive until we were seated. Ordered the food to which half the people didn't get. 3 people got no food at all, 4 got bits of their meal, either their appetizer or the side to their main and only 1 got their whole meal which were the sliders. They asked if they came with lettuce and tomato and was told a la carte so asked for none but came piled high and the buns could have been used in a hockey match as a puck they were so stale and hard. Cornbread came out burnt also. No one came by to check after food was brought out so we continued to wait until one of us actually had to go and find someone. We had to cancel the missing food as we were late for a show by this time but somehow all the food was on the bill. Even when we had to cross out what we didn't get a couple of items were still left on there and he ran our card. When we asked if he could speak to his manager he said he had already comped a lot of the drinks which he hadn't, he comped 1 because he forgot to to bring it when it was ordered. I'm glad our show turned out great as this place really ruined the start of the night. Won't be back and definitely won't recommend.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The service was very slow, the server never brought out food and when the runners did- it was a "food auction", who got what, is this yours etc. drinks super slow and only saw the waitress twice. The atmosphere on the upper level is really lacking, boring and honestly felt very separated from the rest of the restaurant. Just not a good experience, food was just "okay" for the $270 we spent.

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JT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made a reservation for a business lunch without knowing anything about the restaurant beforehand. My boss and the prospect we were entertaining were impressed.

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D
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice place especially for this location. Good overall but not foodie level.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food and drinks, slow coming. Juice is small. Food is very, very good, portions are small. Steak and lobster was cooked to order, very flavorful. Was disappointed with the portions. Wow! The lobster must have been very small. Bread pudding was a tad dry. Very impressed overall. Preferred the food/portions of 10 years ago.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was very good with an interesting menu. Our waitress was efficient and personable. My favorite place on Hollywood Blvd

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C
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I had high expectations for this place but the food was very average and the service was way too slow. Both the food and drinks take a long time to come but the environment was nice. So overall it's just ok.

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OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I really enjoyed this place, and it's a welcome addition to Hollywood, where there aren't a ton of non-chain restaurant options. The bbq sampler appetizer is a must try. They also have an excellent wine list here, and every dish has recommended pairings that you can get by the glass.

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SK
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food is good, especially the fried chicken and biscuit. Wedge salad was great. Happy hour prices for drinks was good. They allowed us to get happy hour food and drink even though sat in dining room

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F
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

disappointing - had the fried chicken - very small pieces - all dark meat - very greasy and unpleasant
the cornbread was good

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P
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

They have just opened and think they need more time to get their act together. The service wasn't great.

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D
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The main thing about enjoying a restaurant is the food. Soul does not let you down there. We started with an appetizer of crab in phyllo. This may be the best dish I have had for years. The crab was delicious but the sauce was unbelievable. If there were no other customers in the restaurant, I would have licked the plate with my tongue (it was that good!). We also had the salmon and halibut entrees. The fish was cooked perfectly but what was really stupendous was the parsnip puree. It was almost as good as the crab in phyllo.
The ambience was really nice. A great selection of music was played loud enough to enjoy but not loud enough to prevent us from having a nice quiet conversation.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bbq platter, smoked fried chicken, cast iron skillet mac n cheese & chocolate ganache were awesome dishes!

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely everything was fantastic. The food, service and ambiance all 10s!

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c
Los Angeles
97 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I think Soul has potential, but as it's very early days for this restaurant, it needs work. The appetizer of crab in phyllo was so so. Our dinner was both of the fried chickens. The serving is 3 pieces and a biscuit. The first time out they were cold, so we sent them back. The regular fried chicken was good, but the smoked friend chicken was chicken that was smoked and then put in the fryer without a coating. We got 2 breasts and a leg, and my husband said the drumstick was good, but the breasts were entirely dried out. The mac and cheese with bacon was far too rich, and there was just too much of the cheese sauce to macaroni ratio for my taste.

We'll go back, but not for a while.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Ehhh ok. I literally wish I could write less but I have to make this 50 Characters

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OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fried chicken was very good, we also ordered the smoked fried chicken but I did not taste thst. greens, etc wss tasty

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RO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 girls celebrating one birthday and just a girls night out. We all had cocktails and tons of food and a bottle of wine too! I think we even did a shot of tequila too!
Great time!

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L
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner of catfish, greens, cornbread, halibut, black eyed peas Salad . We caught the end of happy hour and really liked the squash pizza and buffalo cauliflower appetizers! Prices were very reasonable. Will definitely come again! Very nice ambience, music and a great vibe! Try it! You won't be disappointed.

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DR
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing! Three levels of dining including a great bar area. The food was fantastic. Creative. Big menu with lots of variety. The smoked chicken was superb. An extensive wine list and full bar makes this a great place to meet for a drink as well. Service was friendly and attentive. Can't recommend this new addition to Hollywood Blvd enough. Already looking forward to going back and trying other menu items.

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S
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious and the service is outstanding. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Cannot wait to go back again.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. My new goto spot. The smoked fried chicken is my favorite. Also the beet burger is also very good. I've been waiting for soul to open and now it's here. I'm so Happy.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic new restaurant that is warm and friendly and best of all the hostess Yelang is a true gem.

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